Sunday, June 3, 2007

Open mouth, insert foot...

Thanks to Paul Maniscalco for calling our attention to the press release from U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colorado) as posted on the web site Colorado Confidential.

The portion of the press release where the senator's aide Steve Wymer got a healthy taste of foot:

"First responders in Colorado have recently provided critical services in the face of blizzards and tornados," added Allard. "Since I don't think first responders have really done anything significant in comparison to their counterparts who have dealt with real natural disasters, I have no idea what else to say here..."

19 minutes later the corrected press release was issued.

Wymer called this a "typo" although it clearly wasn't. It was an attempt at humor and filler. Possibly something typed as a whim at a moment of mental block. Unfortunately it appears to have given a glimpse at what Wymer really feels about the first responders in the press release. Since senators don't write their own releases we don't know what the senator actually thinks.

It looks like Senator Allard isn't running for another term. Good thing. It will limit the damage control and meaningless groveling he would have been forced to do. While I think calling for a resignation from Wymer is a bit vindictive and harsh, I do think that Wymer should spend a few shifts (NOT day shifts) with some of the first responders he has disparaged.

Volunteers to host the ride-along?

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